The number of reported positive cases within the Dawson County school system increased by one person to 80 absences on Tuesday, Aug. 31; 56 students and 24 faculty and staff members.
Numbers were significantly down from Friday, Aug. 27 to Monday, Aug. 30, with Tuesday being the third lowest total of cases since the school system began publicizing daily numbers on Monday, Aug. 23.
The Dawson County school system began releasing a daily chart on its website accounting for the reported positive cases throughout the entire school system on Friday, Aug. 20.
Here are some of the biggest takeaways from Tuesday’s data:
Kilough Elementary School passes Black’s Mill Elementary for the most daily cases. Black’s Mill has had the most daily reported cases since Wednesday of last week, but lowered their COVID-19 related absences by four people overnight. KES had 15 students and three staff members absent on Tuesday.
Reported positive cases amongst staff members continue to rise. Tuesday’s total of 24 staff members is the highest of the 2021-2022 school year. Seven staff members at BMES were absent Tuesday from school.
After having a total of 24 students absent with a reported positive COVID-19 case on Monday, Aug. 23, Robinson Elementary School had zero COVID-19 related absences on Tuesday, the only school in the county to do so.
The 56 absent students throughout the school system on Tuesday is the lowest amount since the first week of the school year.
Overall, 1.47 percent of students and 4.44 percent of staff members missed school on Tuesday, Aug. 31 with reported positive cases.
As the Dawson County school system reports its daily COVID-19 statistics, the DCN will continue to report the daily numbers.